Neville Says United Players Will Think They Can Win Premier League
Dec 09 2020
At Anfield, the Kop was open for the first time since Liverpool ended a 30-year wait to win the league title and played its part as Jurgen Klopp's injury-hit side saw off Wolves 4-0. Teams from the cities and towns under the toughest coronavirus restrictions must still shut out their supporters.
Chelsea beat Leeds United 3-1 in front of 2,000 spectators at Stamford Bridge while Manchester United fought back from a goal down to win 3-1 at West Ham United - their fifth straight comeback victory on the road - in front of the same size crowd.
Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford are expected to start up front and Bruno Fernandes is a given in the number 10 role, which leaves one more midfield role up for grabs.
The French man has scored five goals in less than a week as he makes a claim for a starting place on the Blue side.
On they came for the second half, however, after United was given the runaround in the first 45 minutes by a West Ham team that should have been further ahead than 1-0.
Fernandes and Rashford changed the game.
That puts him top of all players involved in the group stage heading into the final round of games and underlines his value to City.
What a week it has been for Giroud.
Winning the Champions League for the first time since 2008 would meanwhile have earned United a hefty £17.3 million.
Neville, who believes Chelsea deserved to beat Spurs, said Frank Lampard's side have "gone up in his estimations" and picked out N'Golo Kante and Thiago Silva as the key players who could win them the title. "Finally to do this ahead of Leipzig and the Man Derby is bad timing for the Team".
The chaotic nature of this year's competition has made it hard for City or Liverpool to put a sustained run of good form together, with injuries and a condensed schedule taking its toll.
But attention needlessly turned to the player's future on the eve of Tuesday's game thanks to comments from outspoken agent Raiola released as the midfielder travelled with the squad to Germany.
That resounding win in the reverse game will of course be fresh in the memory of both sides, but four of United'sgoals came in the 74th minute or later.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin is not slowing up this season.
Foden created six goal opportunities defined by Opta as "big chances" last season, in only 254 minutes on the pitch, while this term he has forged just one such opening.
"Some of the teams like Liverpool and City who've had a lot of success have very established players in positions that have been performing at really high levels for a long period of output in the Premier League so we're trying to get there and reach that and that takes a lot of consistency over the months ahead".